The EEE Pad transformer tablet has gone on preorder on Amazon with a starting price of £380 including delivery, £19 cheaper than the Apple iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi; originally scheduled to come on the 7th of April, Amazon says that it will be dispatched on the 18th of April.
The tablet, known as the TF101-1B027A, comes with a 1GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip with 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage expandable to 48GB (via a microSD card), a 10.1-inch WSVGA IPS capacitive pressure-sensing multi touch display covered by Gorilla Glass, a front 1.2-megapixel camera and a rear five-megapixel one, a mini-HDMI and a USB port.
The EEE Pad transformer will come with a 24.4Whr Li-polymer battery that gives up to eight hours battery life and is powered by the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).
The iPad 2 has half the onboard RAM, worse cameras (at least when it comes to resolution), no industry-standard external ports by default but a better battery life, a thinner profile and a smaller mass.
Other retailers including Currys, Carphone Warehouse, Dixons and Comet will also stock the tablet, well before its main competitor, the Motorola XOOM appears in store.
Note that you can buy the Flash-capable tablet with a docking station that can double as a keyboard for only £50 extra; doubling the onboard storage capacity will also cost £50 more.